All Around Atlantis: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg

By Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg's deeply etched and mysterious tales concentrate on members grappling with dislocations, ironies, and compromises levied by way of traditional truth and the shiny, troubling worlds her characters inhabit. With lyrical and glowing prose, Eisenberg pries open everyday life to discover the hidden

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I 52 ■■■■■ UGLY M A N thought you saw me, and then you didn’t want me. If I’d come back, I would have killed you. I would have let you. God, you’re such a fucking asshole. Don’t yell. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you. Don’t you fucking understand? Don’t you fucking get it? I think I get it. I just can’t believe it. I fucking love you. I don’t want to fucking live. 53 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK Okay, but don’t you understand? I don’t fucking care. I want you to love me. I almost killed you because you didn’t.

You don’t want to throw me out and you want to have sex with me and you don’t want me to kill myself. Yeah. So . . Oh, forget it. I don’t fucking care. I just want to get high. I agree that makes me sound like somebody who loves the person he’s talking about. Cool. 57 ■■■■■ OLIVER T WINK But I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I don’t either. Let me do my shot. I mean if I do, I do, and if I don’t, I don’t. I don’t care. Hold on a second. I mean I probably do. Whatever. Look, I love you.

Why are you doing this shit? You know what I mean. I want you to say it. Why? Because I need to know you really want it. I need to know that you’re sure. I’m sure. Then say it. Make it real. Fuck. I want . . I’m just going to say it like this, because . . I hate that you’re making me do this. Don’t fucking look at me. 26 ■■■■■ UGLY M A N I thought about what if . . I wanted to be with God? Would that be like your big dream come true? Honestly? Yeah. If you mean if you were dead, yeah. If it were you, yeah.

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